Plus tips on how to choose one that won’t irritate your bub’s skin

When it comes to choosing a product to keep bubba clean, we know you want only the best. You may be on the lookout for something organic, something fragrance-free, or one product you can use on both skin and hair.

But first, you’re probably wondering when you can start using baby body wash. For newborn babies, most experts recommend that only water be used. Unperfumed baby bath products can be used from about 4 to 6 weeks of age.

Ensure you only use a little so as not to damage your bub’s skin. Babies with longer hair may also need a drop of mild shampoo on wet hair, lathered and rinsed off.

When it comes to choosing a body wash and shampoo, look for products that:
- Use a tear-free formula to avoid irritating your baby’s eyes.
- Are hypoallergenic, which cater to babies with dry skin, eczema or allergies.
- Are unscented. Products with fragrances can cause allergic reactions. 
- Don’t contain dyes or harsh chemicals like parabens, phthalates and sulfates.

Here are 8 of our choice picks. 

Sebamed Baby Bubble Bath

PRICE $14.40/200ml
FROM Watsons
WHAT 100 percent soap and alkali-free, this hypoallergenic no-tears formula protects your little ones’ skin against dryness. It has the same pH as healthy skin ― 5.5, and is free of dyes, parabens and formaldehyde.
PROS Trusted skincare brand. Pleasant and mild scent that isn’t too overpowering.
CONS If bubbles are what your little one is after, look elsewhere ― this wash doesn’t get too bubbly!

Mustela Cradle Cap Foam Shampoo for Newborns

PRICE $14.80/150ml
FROM Mothercare
WHAT A foam shampoo that works to eliminate cradle cap and prevent its appearance. 
PROS Tear-free formula that is suitable for newborn’s delicate hair. 
CONS Slightly pricey compared to other brands.  

Cetaphil Baby Organic Calendula Wash & Shampoo

PRICE $20.80/400ml
FROM Watsons
WHAT Contains skin nourishing ingredients to keep moisture locked in, with a hypoallergenic formula lather that gently cleanses your baby's skin.
PROS 2-in-1 product that can be used as both a shampoo and body wash. Parents love the mild scent of the soap too, reviewing that a little goes a long way. 
CONS May need to supplement with a daily lotion to keep baby’s skin moisturized.

Gaia Bath and Body Wash

PRICE $20.90/250ml
WHAT This calming baby gel cleanser contains no soap or sulphates that can cause dryness, so it’s great for sensitive and eczema-prone skin. Made of gently coconut-derived cleansing agents, organic sweet orange pure essential oils and skin-softening organic oils, it’s formulated to keep baby’s skin soft and smooth on a daily basis.
PROS A rinse-free formula – a few small drops go a long way. It’s “no-nasties” ingredient list means it can be used on the most delicate skin.
CONS The smell of the essential oils is pleasant but some may find it a bit overpowering. Can be tricky getting the last bit of cleanser out because of the design of the squeeze-bottle.

Burt’s Bees Baby Shampoo & Wash

PRICE $33/350ml
FROM Sephora
WHAT Tear-free shampoo and wash with a gentle, plant-based formula. 
PROS Contains natural moisturizers that are enriched with Vitamin B and essential minerals. 
CONS The waxy honey-like smell may take some getting used to.

Aveeno Baby Wash and Shampoo 

PRICE $16.90/354ml
FROM Watsons
WHAT Formula contains natural oat extract, known for its soothing and nourishing properties. 
PROS Free of sulfates, soap, parabens, phthalates and phenoxyethanol. Value for money, and is a reputable brand name. 
CONS Parents have reviewed that the product can be drying for babies’ hair. 

Baby Dove Sensitive Moisture Head To Toe Wash

PRICE $17.85/400ml (Bundle of 2) 
FROM Fairprice
WHAT Fragrance-free and specially developed for baby’s delicate skin, with prebiotic moisture and moisturizing cream. 
PROS Wash does not disrupt your baby’s skin pH, which plays an important role in microbiome health (the living layer that protects your baby’s skin).
CONS None. 

Eucerin Baby Wash & Shampoo

PRICE $13.77/400ml
FROM iherb
WHAT 2-in-1 formula that can be used on baby's skin and hair for gentle cleansing. The product is also enriched with Pro-Vitamin B5 and natural Shea Butter. 
PROS Dermatologist and paediatrician recommended brand. Some women also reviewed that the product can be used as an adult face cleanser for those with sensitive skin. 
CONS For kids that are always sweaty and, on the go, the scent doesn't last very long, according to a parent’s review. 

Photos: Fairprice, Gaia, iherb, Mothercare, Sephora, Watsons

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